Before the start date of the competition, I decided to do my research and get supplies. In looking at how to make a book I took to the resource that I have readily available at home. The internet. So after surfing I found these websites:
Fifteenth-Centruy Bookbinding Sturcture in Italy and the Netherlands: A Survey of Manuscripts and Printed books by Priscilla Anderson.
Beginning Bookbinding by Lady Aniera Gwilt
Then I thought, I know someone really cool who does books, so I surfed for Meisterin Katarina Helene von Schönborn
Resources. She's such an inspiration, yet I have still to take a class she teaches. I LOVE her work.
Jumping from there I found:
A girdle book from the Princeton exhibition: Girdle book and other nifty books
A really nifty site on the Girdle book is Gothic Bookbinding : Girdle Book
The Book Arts
Web had way too much information.
And upon just surfing YouTube and found these AWESOME how to bind a book from Italy , in Italian, but it is so good you get the jist by just watching. The best set was
Bookbinding hand sewn
SO there I am. :) A small book and resources on how to get it done.
Sept 26, 2011:
Bought the paper for the book. Found parchment sheets similar to the paper that the gentleman was using on the Italian bookbinding video. It is 24# drawing Parchment- natural from Hobby Lobby. I also found a hand bound book from India to be an inspiration. I also did find that the leather they offered was from Tandy, which is down the road and not worth paying the marked up price for the
very dry leather at Hobby Lobby. My husband has 7mm plywood scrap that will work for the covers. :)
Sept 30, found a blog on closures - Happy Dance!!
Book clasps and a blog on clasps - not available for purchase or hire, but cool!